The New York Highline set the standard for turning an industrial thoroughfare into a public park and Meguro Sky Garden follows suit, with 7,000sqm of parkland above the intersection of two major expressways.
Constructed in 2013 in Ikejiri-Ohashi, just one stop from Shibuya on the Denentoshi Line, the garden occupies a circular plot of land that rises between 15 and 25 metres above street level. Paths wind through beautifully landscaped gardens, past a community vegetable plot and there are large lawns perfect for picnicking (heads up: there’s no canteens, so you’ll need to bring all the essentials). The park offers a superb view west to Setagaya and beyond and is a wonderful place to bask in the sunset – on a clear day, you’ll even be treated to a view of Mt Fuji.
To access Meguro Sky Garden, look for the elevator next to the post office and take it to the ninth floor, or you can take the staircase beside the Life supermarket and follow the path to the top. Afterwards, take a 15-minute stroll from the Sky Garden to Nakameguro along the river – you’ll find plenty of cafés and boutiques.